Palimpsest

  • by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Narrated by Aasne Vigesaa
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Between life and death, dreaming and waking, at the train stop beyond the end of the world is the city of Palimpsest. To get there is a miracle, a mystery, a gift, and a curse - a voyage permitted only to those who’ve always believed there’s another world than the one that meets the eye. Those fated to make the passage are marked forever by a map of that wondrous city tattooed on their flesh after a single orgasmic night.
To this kingdom of ghost trains, lion-priests, living kanji, and cream-filled canals come four travelers: Oleg, a New York locksmith; the beekeeper November; Ludovico, a binder of rare books; and a young Japanese woman named Sei. They’ve each lost something important -- a wife, a lover, a sister, a direction in life—and what they will find in Palimpsest is more than they could ever imagine.

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What the Critics Say

“Outstandingly beautiful prose.” (Publishers Weekly)

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A Book That's a Natural for Audio

Would you consider the audio edition of Palimpsest to be better than the print version?

I don't know if I'd call it "better," but it feels right. The book demands to be read aloud, so experiencing it as an audiobook is natural.


What other book might you compare Palimpsest to and why?

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino


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- Emily

The accents bring the reading to life

The narrator has the most lovely and soothing voice. Her pacing and astonishing skill with accents makes this recording a joy to experience. She is so deft with the subtle flavorings in each nation's speech that the listener can readily associate all the cultural context that really brings this story meaning.
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- Caitlin Hull

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio